with all that's new at My-Island-Jamaica, Click Here to subscribe
for my updates and don't miss a thing!
Jamaican Sorrel Drink
It's Refreshing - And Healthy Too!
Christmas here is not the same without a tall glass of the refreshing Jamaican sorrel drink, seriously.
New! See the real Jamaica in VIDEOS
Click Here to watch my latest videos on my fun YouTube channel - you'll love it!
Sorrel has always been an integral part of Jamaican (& Caribbean) food and culture, especially in the festive Christmas season.
There is the delicious 'rice and gungo peas', the rum soaked Jamaican Christmas cake, but equally significant, is the delectable taste of sorrel.
Much of the love comes from the smooth taste because of the addition of rum. In fact, it is really the rum element that distinguishes our sorrel!
And if you are not a rum lover, never mind, everyone can have it. The amount of rum added is purely discretionary - and even if already added, it can be diluted with other light drinks, or sodas.
Sorrel however, is not indigenous to Jamaica. In fact, it is found all around the world.
Officially called the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa), it is a specie of hibiscus native to the Old World tropics.
It is an annual or perennial herb or woody-based subshrub, growing to 2–2.5 m tall. The leaves are deeply three- to five-lobed, 8–15 cm long, arranged alternately on the stems.
The flowers are white to pale yellow with a dark red spot at the base of each petal and have a stout fleshy calyx at the base, which enlarges to a fleshy and bright red as the fruit matures.
We typically reap it towards the end of the year, between November and December.
We love it primarily for the savory taste, but here and across the world it is also used for a host of other purposes, including as a diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and nerve diseases and even cancers!
The plant is also cultivated for the production for bast fiber from the stem. For further study on this amazing plant, click here.
And now the fun part- the recipe for the Jamaican sorrel drink. It's quite easy.
Here you go.
Authentic Jamaican Sorrel Drink Recipe
- 1 pound sorrel
- 1/2 gallon water
- 2-4 oz. ginger
- Rum (or wine)
- 1 doz Pimento (allspice) grains (optional)
- Wash sorrel thoroughly, drain and place in bowl.
- Peel and grate ginger and add to sorrel.
- Add pimento berries.
- Boil water and pour over sorrel. Allow to stand for at least 4-6 hours.
- Strain, then sweeten and add rum to taste.
- Serve chill.
Simple right? Try it nuh!
See Also: Jamaican Fruit Cake
Other Pages Related To Jamaican Sorrel
You will also find these pages quite helpful as well:
Return to Jamaican Food from Jamaican Sorrel
Return to My Island Jamaica Homepage from Jamaican Sorell
If you found this page useful, please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, My Island Jamaica Digest here. It tells you each week about the new information that I have added, including new developments and great stories from lovers of Jamaica!
Back To The Top Of This Page
New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome your feedback here.
Recommended For You ...
Other Great Articles You Might Have Missed
Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)
Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?
Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!
Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.
Back To The Top Of This Page
About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies
and universities. Read more about him here.
He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community.